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Research Associate

Salary:   £28,756 to £33,309
Closing Date:   Tuesday 19 October 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3550

Lancaster University’s Quantum Technology Centre (QTC) invites applications for a Research Associate to develop algorithms to read optical security devices in collaboration with a spin-out company, Quantum Base ( The role will involve the use of state-of-the-art equipment housed in the QTC (see to fabricate and test novel devices. The project will develop a smartphone-readable hardware security solution that harnesses optical quantum materials (e.g. quantum dots and 2D flakes) as optical taggants. A significant focus of the role will be to conduct research applying physical models to experimental data from the taggants. 

Lancaster University is one of few institutions worldwide to house the facilities and expertise, and foster the fusion of fields required to pursue this research project. Its world-class Department of Physics was ranked second in the UK for world-leading research output (REF2014) and second in the Guardian’s university rankings for 2016. It has led the emerging field of two-dimensional materials, with researchers from Lancaster University being intimately involved in work towards the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, being a consortium member for the EU Graphene Flagship and holding an EPSRC doctoral training centre in graphene jointly with Manchester University. It houses extensive facilities for the development of novel devices in its Quantum Technology Centre (QTC), these include: 

  • A state-of-the-art cleanroom for the nano-fabrication of devices.

  • A series of new laboratories (IsoLab), designed to provide measurements free from all forms of noise. Nano-mechanical and nano-optical laboratories within this facility will produce correlated measurements with atomic-resolution.

  • A quantum optoelectronics laboratory in which the time-correlated dynamics of emission from individual defects can be characterised.

  • A large group of condensed matter theorists with a powerful computing facility to support the experimental measurements with density field theory calculations.

You should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Physics, Computer Science or a related discipline. The post is initially being offered for five months, though following good performance this is expected to be extended. 

Please contact Professor Robert Young if you wish to have an informal discussion about this opportunity: Email: Tel: +44 1524 592222. 

Lancaster University Physics Department is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department. 

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We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.


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